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Chandra Johnson: Pictures of Daytona 500-Bound Jimmie Johnson's Wife

Jimmie Johnson, center, his wife, Chandra, and his daughter, Genevieve, celebrate after he won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 19, 2014

Jimmie Johnson inches towards another Daytona 500 start, among some of the biggest names in the sport. Of course, there is more than a good chance that he will have an amazing and wonderful support system nearby in the form of his wife Chandra Johnson and the couple's two daughters. 

Perhaps a bit of their joy can be credited to Jeff Gordon, because he is the one who introduced the two after all. Complex Magazine's Brenden Gallagher reminds us of a tale with which a great many of you NASCAR fans are already well acquainted. 

Before meeting, Chandra Janway was a model and actress, performing in the 2007 movie Devil's Canyon. As Gallagher writes, Gordon introduced the two as the driver's own wife had done some modeling work with Janway

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Years later the couple enjoy more than their own company but that of their two little girls, so we assume Gordon enjoys a lifetime of free drinks on Johnson for the chance encounter. 

PlayerWives has a bit more on the first foray into romance for the two, stating that they met in 2002 thanks to, "Gordon's then girlfriend (now wife) Ingrid Vandebosch."

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From there, the two enjoyed quite the quick courtship. They began dating, got engaged the very next year and then finally married in 2004. 

In 2010, the two welcomed a baby girl named Genevieve Marie. And then, in September of last year, they celebrated the birth of their second child, a girl they chose to name Lydia Norriss

Besides taking care of a budding family, Chandra also helps with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, an organization that is "dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States."

According to the description, the foundation has raised a remarkable $6.7 million for various charitable organizations. 

Through it all, Chandra finds time to root on her husband at various races. Though, as Johnson recently told CBS This Morning, this particular race is different.

Our sport was founded here in Daytona Beach back in the late '40s. This racetrack was put here, and really the spectacle of all NASCAR racing started here. It’s kind of hard to have the Super Bowl of racing start off as our first event, but it’s the history of our sport, and we’re all geared up and ready to go.

It certainly sounds like Johnson is ready to defend his win in 2013. If things don't go as planned, he has more than enough to keep him elated back at home though.

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